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The Vatican has subtly shifted its stance on the Blues Brothers, with in-house(ofgod) magazine Osservatore Romano declaring the 33-year-old movie “a modern classic”. The latest blessing, which coincides with an Italian outing for the movie on the 30th anniversary of John Belushi’s death, represents a reworking of the paper’s …

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Oh dear.

I agree with the Vatican.

Definitely one of the all time greats - totally harmless, incredible fun, superb music - and a smoking hot Carrie Fisher with assault rifles, flame throwers and rocket launchers.

And my favourite line "You're gonna look pretty stupid trying to eat corn on the cob.......with NO FUCKING TEETH!"

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Upvoted purely for mentioning Carrie, lovely Carrie.

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So hate me why don't you

but I prefer Blues Brothers 2000. I watch it about once a month and only skip throught the bit with Blues Traveller behind the motel, I really should edit that bit out.

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Re: So hate me why don't you

OK, as you wish.

I own Blues Brothers 2000 as it is in a double pack with the original. My love of the original, however, has prevented me from ever watching the sequel.

And remember, you can't lie to a nun.

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I've got the double pack too, it was cheaper than buying Blues Brothers by itself. I can only assume because you might accidentally put BB2k in by mistake.

I was thinking about destroying the BB2k disk, but realised that it it did go into the player by mistake, I'd be so drunk that I wouldn't notice anyway...

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I've got the double pack too. The first (only?) film is one of my all-time favourites.

Watched the sequel once, nodded solemnly, put it back in it's place and haven't watched it since.

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I also own that double pack DVD set, only watched TBB2000 once, which was one too many times

My brother managed to buy the original film without the abomination sequal, we both love TBB and he hasn't (luckily) seen TBB2000 and I will not ever subject it to him, ever.

P.S. Orange whip?

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Re: So hate me why don't you

HELL YES BLUES BOTHERS 2000 WAS BETTER AND SO WAS ROCKY IX

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Re: So hate me why don't you

CAPS SO IT MUST BE TRUE!

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Reconsidering

So, "digital technology" is now a symptom of diabollically inspired anti-Catholic propoganda?

Nice to know.

Meanwhile, now that this film has received divine blessing I shall have to reconsider my attitude towards it. I used to like it.

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Re: Reconsidering

No problem for me, I always thought it was tedious crap.

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Re: Reconsidering

So you're willing to stop liking a good film simply because someone you don't like thinks it's a good film? There's a term for that. Tip of my tongue... oh... ah yes.

"Fuckwit". Seems to cover it quite nicely really.

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Re: "Fuckwit"

I think these days they are called "Hipsters"

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Re: Reconsidering

I'm inclined to think it's less about someone he doesn't like liking a film that he does and more of an institution with a history of mass murder, torture, pedophilia, slavery, avarice, genocide, sexism, homophobia, theft and fraud liking something that he does. I might be wrong.

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Re: Reconsidering

And that changes what, precisely? He's still choosing his tastes based on whether or not somebody or some body of people to whom he is negatively predisposed are expressing a positive opinion about it. It would be like me deciding that I didn't like Star Trek because the current Russian president penned a positive review, or declaring I no longer thought positively about Blade Runner because Tony Blair liked it.

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No digital tech?

Blues Brothers was released in 1980. What tech were they expecting?

There were police mainframes, but how many records were stored on them is another matter.

The game'n'watch series was released that year; the original Gameboy was release 9 years later.

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Re: No digital tech?

Elwood: Man, I haven't been pulled over in six months. I bet those cops have got "SCMODS".

Jake: "SCMODS?"

Elwood: "State County Municipal Offender Data System."

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Sir

I have been on a mission many times in the past, the end result of which could be equated to a religious experience.

Not sure the Vatican would approve however.

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I think they would sanction your missionary position.

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Missionary position?

You sick fuck.

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Lets get to the gig

Fav quote "Lets get to the gig" - i say it to myself everytime i'm going somewhere :)

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Re: Lets get to the gig

too many great quotes from that movie, but my favourite of favourites will always be:

Elwood: It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.

Jake: Hit it.

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Re: Lets get to the gig

"how much for the women?"

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What kind of music do you usually have here?

Oh, we got both kinds. We got country *and* western.

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Although she's not a fan of the movie, at the start of any exciting journey, my wife will say

"It's 106 miles to [destination], we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses."

As a muso I AM a fan I will say (with the least provocation)

[ are you boys the police? ]

"No ma'am, were musicians"

Great band, I have all the albums - sad to have lost Donald “Duck” Dunn recently :-(

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So do you think...

they'll give "Life of Brian" the seal of approval anytime, too?

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Re: So do you think...

Praise Be!!

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I always thought they would like the Nazis in it

Fond memories of the olden days

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Re: I always thought they would like the Nazis in it

I *hate* Illinois nazis!

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What about...

...Nuns on the Run?

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Re: What about...

Or indeed "The Pope Must Die"?

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Re: What about...

... known in the US as 'The Pope Must Diet'

Seriously.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102691/releaseinfo#akas

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How do they rate..

The Pope Must Die ?

A totally corrupt and very scheming Vatican in league with mobsters and arms dealers looking to put a feeble idiot into the role of pope - and the film is pretty much the same, except with the surreal idea of a decent man getting the job by accident.

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Re: How do they rate..

You, sir, will burn.

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Re: How do they rate..

>The Pope Must Die ?

>A totally corrupt and very scheming Vatican in league with mobsters and arms dealers looking to put a feeble idiot into the role of pope - and the film is pretty much the same, except with the surreal idea of a decent man getting the job by accident.

Possibly my favourite el Reg comment, ever :-)

Quoted for absolute truth.

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The day I start taking advice or guidance from the vatican on, er, anything, is the day my sorry life should be over.

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I'm guessing.....

.....they're still not endorsing "Dogma"?

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Re: I'm guessing.....

Or End of Days.

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Re: I'm guessing.....

Perhaps oddly they do endorse The Exorcist, but in fact I can see why.

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Jesus H. God-bastard Christ...

...they have finally seen the light!

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Hmm...

Best car chases ever.

My personal favourite is the one in the Mall at the start of the film.

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Re: Hmm...

Do you have this in a Miss Piggy?

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Am I the only one who doesn't like the film?

Could never see the attraction. Think I'd rather go to mass and that's saying something.

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't like the film?

Yes, you are the only one. Don't feel left out though, the rest of us need someone to keep the drinks and popcorn coming while we watch the film.

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I had two hours to kill back in 1980...

...in the vicinity of Leicester Square. Had never heard of the film, or of Dan Aykroyd or John Belushi. Didn't recognise Carrie Fisher out of her Leia gear. Bemused doesn't begin to describe my reaction. Emerged into the daylight not being quite sure what I had just seen but convinced of its brilliance.

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Windows

To quote Bluto in Animal House,

My advice to you is to start drinking heavily.

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Bring on the Babel fish

"the arrogance intellectualistic of alchemies postmodern” - don't you adore Google Translate! But I am still incredibly impressed by what it can manage - never mind massive technical advances (rounded corners on a phone) - this is seriously clever, nay, paradigm-changing tech!

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Strangely, if I translate it to Italian and back I get:

"intellectual arrogance of postmodern alchemy"

both in GT and BF. Maybe they got an Italian who can't speak English to translate it?? I'm assuming this was the original meaning...

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